The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring

Bazyn, Ken

Continuum, 2002

p. 140

“It has been said that one of humanity’s greatest boons is to be able to eat when we’re not hungry and to drink when we’re not thirsty.  This is due to our ability to reflect on the pleasures of the palate and our eagerness to prolong them.  According to tradition, the ancient Greek hedonist Philoxenus wished his throat was as long as a crane’s, so as better to savor each morsel as it went down, and that he actually wept because the felicities of eating could not be spread over his entire body.”